Mason Hawkins

Mason Hawkins

Last Update: 01-06-2016

Number of Stocks: 31
Number of New Stocks: 7

Total Value: $11,848 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 13%

Countries: USA
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Mason Hawkins Watch

  • Hawkins' Longleaf Partners Triples Stake in Timber Company

    Longleaf Partners Funds, which is managed by Southeastern Asset Management where Mason Hawkins (Trades, Portfolio) is chairman and CEO, has nearly tripled its stake in Arkansas timber company Deltic Timber Corporation (NYSE:DEL) according to filings on June 10.

    Longleaf’s small cap fund holds 1,296,055 shares of the company, or 10.3% of its outstanding shares, after increasing the stake by 196.58%. The fund had started a position in Deltic Timber Corp in the third quarter of 2014 and has since been increasing the stake in each subsequent quarter.


  • Mason Hawkins Buys Stakes in Google, Five Other Companies in First Quarter

    Value investor Mason Hawkins (Trades, Portfolio) is observing his 40th anniversary as chairman and CEO of Southeastern Asset Management, where the emphasis is on “good business, good people, and a good price” when considering investing in a company.

    Southeastern Asset Management typically holds no more than two dozen stakes in each portfolio; Hawkins’ portfolio is a little higher than that with 30 stakes in it currently. Hawkins made half a dozen new buys in the first quarter, two of which – Wynn Resorts Ltd (NASDAQ:WYNN) and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) – landed in the top 20 most valuable stakes in his portfolio.


  • Mason Hawkins Comments on Mondelez International Inc

    We sold Mondelez (MDLZ) as price converged with our value. The stock returned 45% since our late 2012 purchase when Kraft spun out the global snacking and food brands, including Nabisco, Cadbury, and Trident, and renamed the company Mondelez. Although emerging market sales weakened, CEO Irene Rosenfeld preserved value per share through margin improvements, share repurchases, and value-accretive moves such as placing the coffee business in a joint venture with DE Master Blenders. This was our third successful investment in Nabisco’s brands. Each time we were able to purchase this juggernaut at a readily ascertainable discount, directly or through a larger company. We hope for another opportunity down the road.

    From Mason Hawkins (Trades, Portfolio)’ Longleaf Partners Fund Q1 2015 Management Discussion.  

  • Mason Hawkins Comments on Travelers Companies Inc

    Travelers (TRV), a leader in property and casualty insurance, also reached our appraised value. We made a 144% return over our 4+ year holding period. Jay Fishman is among the best operators and capital allocators in the industry, and his record at growing book value, even in challenging periods, greatly rewarded the Partners Fund’s shareholders.

    From Mason Hawkins (Trades, Portfolio)’ Longleaf Partners Fund Q1 2015 Management Discussion.  

  • Mason Hawkins Comments on Abbott Laboratories

    Abbott (ABT), a global healthcare company, reached our appraisal, resulting in a 120% return over our 4-year holding period. We are extremely appreciative of the value that CEO Miles White built for shareholders during our ownership.

    From Mason Hawkins (Trades, Portfolio)’ Longleaf Partners Fund Q1 2015 Management Discussion.  

  • Mason Hawkins Comments on Wynn Resorts

    We added two new positions in the first quarter. Weakness in the Macau (China) gaming market provided the opportunity to purchase Wynn Resorts (WYNN) at a substantial discount to our appraisal. Wynn owns some of the world’s prime real estate through luxury gaming and hotel operations in Las Vegas and Macau as well as a future location outside Boston, Massachusetts. Through its 72% ownership of Wynn Macau, Wynn controls a gaming and hotel complex on the Macau peninsula and is completing an additional project in nearby Cotai. The company’s Wynn and Encore casinos are among the most profitable in Vegas, with a prime location on the Strip. Steve Wynn has been a successful owner- operator who has made money for shareholders over a long period. We bought Google as fears around a slowdown in the company’s dominant search and display advertising business became over-discounted in the market.

    From Mason Hawkins (Trades, Portfolio)’ Longleaf Partners Fund Q1 2015 Management Discussion.  

  • Mason Hawkins Comments on CONSOL Energy

    CONSOL Energy (CNX) was down 17% on weak natural gas and coal prices. During the quarter the company reduced its capex budget and grew production strongly. The company is uniquely positioned to navigate these prices with low cost reserves and plans to monetize non-core assets, including the thermal coal master limited partnership (MLP) in mid-2015 and the met coal initial public offering (IPO) in late 2015. CONSOL is one of our most discounted holdings, and CEO Nick Deluliis expressed his agreement with a significant share repurchase announcement.

    From Mason Hawkins (Trades, Portfolio)’ Longleaf Partners Fund Q1 2015 Management Discussion.  

  • Mason Hawkins Comments on Chesapeake Energy Corp

    The largest detractor in the quarter was Chesapeake Energy (CHK), one of the largest producers of natural gas, natural gas liquids, and oil in the U.S., which declined 27%. The company reported lower-than- expected price realizations and production in the fourth quarter. While the company cut 2015 budgeted capital expenditures (capex) over 40% versus 2014, the market was hoping for Chesapeake to balance lower cash flow with capex. The company maintains a flexible balance sheet, with $4 billion in cash and an additional $4 billion in an undrawn credit facility, which will allow CEO Doug Lawler to focus on driving the greatest value for shareholders for the long-term, either through the authorized $1 billion repurchase program, strategic acquisitions, or a combination of both. While our appraisal of the company has come down in the short-term with the collapse of oil and gas prices, the long-term thesis remains intact. Chesapeake’s second largest shareholder, Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio), recently increased his stake in Chesapeake by 10%, and Chairman Archie Dunham bought an additional $14 million at quarter-end. During the quarter we maintained our overall exposure to Chesapeake but switched half our position into options due to favorable pricing created by the panic and resulting volatility in energy markets. We also employed this approach to increase our exposure to Murphy. We viewed this as a rare opportunity to gain more downside protection while maintaining the upside benefit of higher stock prices. The Chesapeake options accounted for more than half of that position’s decline in the quarter.

    From Mason Hawkins (Trades, Portfolio)’ Longleaf Partners Fund Q1 2015 Management Discussion.  

  • Mason Hawkins Comments on Level 3 Communications

    Fiber and networking company Level 3 Communications (LVLT) appreciated 9% after another strong quarter of margin and revenue growth. The integration with recently merged tw telecom is proceeding smoothly as the transaction enhances Level 3’s competitive positioning with a complementary product set and larger footprint. Level 3’s growth in its North American enterprise business remains solid as CEO Jeff Storey and his team invest in expanding its fiber network and portfolio of connected buildings.

    From Mason Hawkins (Trades, Portfolio)’ Longleaf Partners Fund Q1 2015 Management Discussion.  

  • Mason Hawkins Comments on CK Hutchison

    The Partners Fund’s largest positive contributor, CK Hutchison (HKSE:00001) (formerly Cheung Kong), announced its intention to merge with subsidiary Hutchison Whampoa and spin out the combined property company. This latest savvy move by founder and CEO Li Ka-shing should lessen the holding company discount on the stock as underlying business exposures are clarified and the spin off highlights the value of the combined property business. The stock gained 22% during the quarter. An independent valuer recently appraised CK Hutchison’s property business 48% higher than stated book.(1) The company’s high profile dramatic restructuring of a blue chip Asia conglomerate has the potential to unleash similar restructurings in the region.

    From Mason Hawkins (Trades, Portfolio)’ Longleaf Partners Fund Q1 2015 Management Discussion.  

  • Mason Hawkins’ Longleaf Partners Fund Q1 2015 Management Discussion

    Longleaf Partners Fund declined 1.09% in the first quarter, trailing the S&P 500 Index’s 0.95% gain. While the Partners Fund has lagged the Index in the recent periods shown below, the Fund’s longer term outperformance over 15, 20, and 25 years reflects other stretches of falling behind the index followed by bursts of strong relative returns.

    Cumulative Returns at March 31, 2015


  • Longleaf Partners More Than Halves Stake in California Oil Company

    Longleaf Partners Funds, where Mason Hawkins (Trades, Portfolio) is chairman and CEO, has reduced its holding of California Resources Corp (NYSE:CRC) by 57.46%, according to Real Time Picks.

    The firm retains 14,244,200 shares of the company, representing 3.7% of the oil company's total outstanding shares. California Resources spun off of Occidental Petroleum on Nov. 30, in the same quarter that Longleaf reported starting its position of 33,481,500 shares. Longleaf, however, does not own Occidental Petroleum (NYSE:OXY) shares and bought California Resources on the open market. According to its Small-Cap Fund first quarter shareholder letter:


  • Mason Hawkins Increases Holdings in Murphy Oil

    Mason Hawkins (Trades, Portfolio) has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Southeastern Asset Management since 1975, and he and his partners manage the Longleaf Partners Funds. Mr. Hawkins attended the University of Florida where he earned a B.A. in Finance, and the University of Georgia where he earned an M.B.A. in Finance.

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  • Mason Hawkins' First-Quarter 2015 Commentary

    The first quarter of 2015 saw a continuation of the themes from the second half of 2014. Almost all of our individual businesses delivered solid operating performance, and our management partners pursued productive ways to build long-term per share values. This activity produced strong excess returns in Longleaf Partners Small-Cap Fund,“which helped the Longleaf fund earn the No. 1 ranking among small-cap U.S. equities funds.” 1 By contrast, the Partners, International, and Global Funds’ relative performance remained challenged as solid company results could not overcome three ongoing broad headwinds: the fall in energy prices, the U.S. dollar strength, and the Chinese government’s pressure on Macau gaming. While these challenges affected only a handful of our holdings, they were large enough to offset the good results at the vast majority of our companies.

    The steady upward climb of the S&P 500 has intensified the debate over active versus passive investment approaches, and given this, we want to detail the reasons we are confident that our portfolios can outperform relevant benchmark indices and deliver on our absolute goal of inflation plus 10% over the long term.


  • Mason Hawkins Comments on Royal Philips NV

    Philips (PHG) fell 18% in the year and 8% in the fourth quarter. The company faced a number of short-term challenges including a one-time pension payment, a temporary suspension of production at its Cleveland, OH-based medical imaging plant, slower emerging market demand, and foreign exchange headwinds. Currency translation from euros into U.S. dollars accounted for approximately half of the price decline. The stock price does not reflect the ongoing transformation of the company under CEO Frans Van Houten who has substantially improved operating margins and focused the company over his 3+ year tenure. Philips’ discounted share price provided management the opportunity to execute another massive €1.5 billion share repurchase. In 2014 Philips announced plans to sell or spin off its Lumiled and auto lighting businesses and to split into two companies: Lighting Solutions and HealthTech, which will be comprised of the current Healthcare and Consumer Lifestyle businesses. We applaud the split. The “conglomerate discount” should disappear as each business stands on its own and is easier to compare to more pure-play peers that trade at higher multiples. Separate reporting will commence in January 2015, and the split is expected to happen by 2016.

    From Mason Hawkins (Trades, Portfolio)’ Longleaf Partners Fund Q4 2014 Management Discussion.  

  • Mason Hawkins Comments on CONSOL Energy

    CONSOL Energy (CNX) dropped 11% in the fourth quarter and for the year in full. CONSOL’s management team took productive action to increase shareholder value despite a difficult coal and gas environment. In the second half of the year, Chairman Brett Harvey and CEO Nick Deluliis completed an IPO (initial public offering) for a midstream MLP (master limited partnership) at metrics above our appraisal. CONSOL most recently announced it would form an MLP to house its thermal coal business and form a subsidiary to own its metallurgical coal properties. These transactions should bring the value of its coal assets forward, improve the transparency into the value of these assets, and provide additional vehicles to access capital markets, while allowing the company to control the assets and realize synergies across its businesses. In addition, CONSOL authorized a share repurchase program for up to approximately 3.6% of the company.

    From Mason Hawkins (Trades, Portfolio)’ Longleaf Partners Fund Q4 2014 Management Discussion.  

  • Mason Hawkins Comments on Murphy Oil

    Murphy (MUR) was down 20% in the year after an 11% decline in the fourth quarter. CEO Roger Jenkins took actions to recognize value including selling a 30% stake in Malaysian assets at a price above our appraisal. Murphy also bought back shares in 2014 and has authorization for more. The sharp decline in oil prices most heavily affected Murphy’s ownership in Syncrude’s Canadian oil sands, which represented less than 15% of our appraisal before oil’s drop and less today.

    From Mason Hawkins (Trades, Portfolio)’ Longleaf Partners Fund Q4 2014 Management Discussion.  

  • Mason Hawkins Comments on Loews

    Despite being up 1% in the fourth quarter, Loews (L), the holding company owned and managed by the Tisch family, sold off with energy and was down 12% for the year. The company’s CNA insurance unit generated strong cash flow, but its stakes in energy companies Diamond Offshore (DO) and Boardwalk Pipelines Partners (BWP) declined 30% and 29% respectively. DO has the strongest balance sheet among drilling rig operators and should be able to upgrade its fleet cheaply as distressed sellers seek capital. BWP cut its dividend to invest in additional service points along its pipeline and expand its ability to transport gas from the northeastern U.S. Loews repurchased shares amounting to approximately 3.5% of the company and has substantial liquidity to take advantage of undervalued opportunities including additional shares.

    From Mason Hawkins (Trades, Portfolio)’ Longleaf Partners Fund Q4 2014 Management Discussion.  

  • Mason Hawkins Comments on Chesapeake

    Chesapeake (CHK) declined 21% for the full year and 14% in the fourth quarter. Since Chesapeake’s heavily vested Board took over in mid-2012, the company has delivered the balance sheet and improved production from its irreplaceable 12 +million net acres of oil and gas fields. CEO Doug Lawler is driving value recognition in ways he can control – selling assets at reasonable prices, reducing debt, and increasing operating efficiencies in both corporate and production activity. In the first half of the year, Chesapeake sold non-core acreage in Oklahoma, Texas, and Pennsylvania and spun-off its oilfield services business into Seventy-Seven Energy, which we sold. In the fourth quarter, Chesapeake closed the sale of Marcellus and Utica assets to Southwestern Energy for $5 billion. This amounted to roughly 8% of Chesapeake’s production for nearly half its market cap. Management announced plans to use $1 billion of the proceeds to repurchase the heavily discounted shares.

    From Mason Hawkins (Trades, Portfolio)’ Longleaf Partners Fund Q4 2014 Management Discussion.  

  • Mason Hawkins Comments on Aon

    For Aon (AON), the world’s largest insurance broker and a leading benefits manager, increasing cash flow and healthy share repurchases helped our position gain 8% in the fourth quarter and 14% for the year. Aon’s private health care exchange business increased its scale, adding more than a dozen clients and aggressively growing the market. The company, led by CEO Greg Case, used $1.8 billion to repurchase almost 7% of shares in the first nine months of 2014, the highest amount since 2008. Aon authorized an additional repurchase plan of up to $6.1 billion, roughly 24% of outstanding shares.

    From Mason Hawkins (Trades, Portfolio)’ Longleaf Partners Fund Q4 2014 Management Discussion.  

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